organic olive oils, and a long lunch in the grove
Another perfect day unfolds in Monterado, and an early morning walk discovers deer on the hillside below the Castello di Monterado, grazing in the clearings of the forest that surround the castle.
After another breakfast prepared in the ancient kitchens we gather for our Olive Oil masterclass. Time for some education, time to taste. The class is led by our guide and olive oil grower Andreas who is joined by Giordano Galiardi who shares his organic philosophy on the very local industry. We are blessed to have two of the best to guide us through the process, and the history, in this special place.
From the field to the frantoio >>the oil mill>> there is a specific process to make olive oil beginning with the shaking of the trees to gently release the fruit from the branches during the harvest season ( which was about to start in 10 days time) between October and Dec, depending on variety.
The olives are then cleaned put into the frantoio which presses and crushes the fruit, then separates the liquid, the water from the solids , and the oil.
we are then shown how to pick the good from the ordinary, the old from the new,
The oils from Cartoceto are all good, but Galliardo's are superb. His estate is currently being transformed into an Olive Oil destination, equipped with a full processing plant, and like his products his buildings are constructed with care, using natural cork , from the region, stones from the nearby mountains, so history is being used to recreate. Giordano Galliardi is working to transform Catoceto's olive oil industry and with his passion he is certainly achieving. His oils are not yet widely available but definitely take time to visit if you travel through this region.
After the tasting workshop its time to head out to Andreas' grove, to meet the family, and kick back for a fun afternoon of wining and dining>>> again. I think i will let the pics tell the story. Suffice to say we had a wonderful afternoon, not one that could be bought as a normal traveller, so thanks to Benfatti, this is what we enjoyed , some more than others !!
A great afternoon, thanks to Andreas Tomasetti & family and friends.
We head back to Monterado for a quiet night. Our final night here before heading north again